February 27, 2014 12:25
If you are a Comcast or Time Warner subscriber then you should be aware of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Comcast and Time Warner are funders of ALEC, a Washington, DC-based politically ultra-conservative non-profit that thrives on operating in the shadows of American government to push anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country. Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and courts financial support from various foundations, including th... [More]
February 25, 2014 14:00
If you’ve been following the Koch Brothers and their attempts to push legislation that is harmful to workers and their wages, you may know they are not alone in their efforts to shape politics and policies in their own best interests to the detriment of public workers.
The biggest political fights are happening in state legislatures across the country. In Michigan, for example, how do you think right to work was passed? The effort was well coordinated, organized and financed by the wealth... [More]
February 19, 2014 11:55
Enron billionaire John Arnold doesn’t have PBS to push his anti- worker pension message anymore. Amid strong public criticism, PBS says it has returned a multi-million dollar donation to the John and Laura Arnold Foundation putting the news series “Pension Peril” on hiatus. Hundreds of PBS stations across the country aired “Pension Peril,” that echoes the same pension cutting themes that the Arnold Foundation is promoting legislatively which advocates cutting retire... [More]
February 7, 2014 15:00
We hope our locals are marking Burn Awareness Week by performing community outreach and education on how injuries can be prevented.
Over 500,000 people in the United States and Canada receive medical treatment for burn injuries each year.
Most burns occur in the home usually in the kitchen or bathroom. No one understands better than fire fighters that burns can leave scars that last a lifetime and painful emotional wounds.
Hopefully these tips will be enough to help save someone in your commu... [More]
February 7, 2014 14:24
When Flat Stanley arrived by mail in August 2013, the International jumped into action.
He arrived folded in an envelope with a letter written by Abigail Jensen, 8, daughter of John Jensen, a member of Des Moines, IA Local 4, along with a request for the IAFF to take Flat Stanley out for a quick tour of the sites in the Nation’s Capital.
For those who don’t have children, “Flat Stanley” is the explosively popular children’s book used as a creative learning tool ... [More]
February 6, 2014 16:15
It’s the issue that just won’t die, but believe it or not, some in Congress are yet again proposing the taxation of employer-provided health benefits to raise revenue for other “priorities.” IAFF members have fought time and again to quash this bad idea – we were successful in stripping it from healthcare reform, and more recently helped defeat its consideration as part of a comprehensive tax rewrite. Nonetheless, the fight continues.Opponents of the exc... [More]
February 6, 2014 14:26
As city budgets become more strained, fire fighters are being asked to perform more responsibilities beyond their job description including deterring crime in communities.Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray recently asked fire fighters to combat crime in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast after a spate of recent shootings. Fire fighters are under orders to sit on the scene unless dispatched to an emergency from 10:00 pm until 2:00 am and efforts would continue until further notice from the cit... [More]
February 5, 2014 10:10
Pennsylvania joins a growing list of states the Koch Brothers are targeting in efforts to wipe out public employee unions and wages.
The billionaire brothers – Charles and David – are pouring money into organizations that are putting pressure on lawmakers to pass legislation, including legislation outlawing dues deduction for public employees; a move designed to cripple public sector unions.
Eliminating dues deduction would prevent unions from automatically deducting optional donat... [More]
January 31, 2014 15:23
I had a chance to present two workshops on SAFER grants earlier this week at the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS). We covered a lot of details, do’s and don’ts, and tips to be successful. Much to everyone’s dismay, I do not carry around a bag full of money nor can I tell you who is getting or not getting an award; however here are a few possible indicators:
• If your department/jurisdiction applied for a SAFER grant and has been co... [More]
January 17, 2014 15:14
It is no secret that passing Right to Work legislation is a top priority for the Missouri House of Representatives this year. Right to Work weakens the wages of workers in states. We’ve known all along the true intentions of Right to Work, but lately the opposition’s been bold in admitting publicly their disdain for workers’ rights.
In published reports, Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar) said at a rally that Right to Work would lower the average wage of Missouri workers, but that it ... [More]